By Marvin Harris
Why are human foodstuff conduct so different? Why do americans draw back on the considered puppy meat? Jews and Moslems, red meat? Hindus, pork? Why do Asians abhor milk? In stable to Eat, bestselling writer Marvin Harris leads readers on an informative detective experience to resolve the world's significant foodstuff puzzles. He explains the range of the world's gastronomic customs, demonstrating that what look at the start look to be irrational meals tastes prove particularly to were formed via useful, or fiscal, or political necessity. furthermore, his shrewdpermanent and lively remedy sheds knowledge on such issues as why there was an explosion in quick foodstuff, why heritage exhibits that it truly is "bad" to devour humans yet "good" to kill them, and why young ones universally reject spinach. Good to Eat is greater than an highbrow event in meals for concept. it's a hugely readable, scientifically exact, and engaging paintings that demystifies the factors of myriad human cultural differences.
identify of similar curiosity additionally on hand from Waveland Press: Kahn, Always Hungry, by no means grasping: nutrition and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society (ISBN 9780881337761).
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